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Anthony Santamaria, Ph.D.
Chairperson
Professor of Philosophy
Director of General Education

Phone: (973) 290-4338
Email: asantamaria@cse.edu
Office: Annunciation Center - Room 315

Theology

Program Overview

Through attention to ultimate concerns, reflective thought, critical analysis, reading, and integration of knowledge from diverse fields, the Philosophy and Theology Program advances the mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth by offering distinct degree and non-degree opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. These opportunities support the development of women and men who are skilled critical thinkers and responsible moral agents, and who will continue the quest for meaning, self-realization and fulfillment as social contributors.

In Philosophy, undergraduate students are introduced to the nature of philosophical thinking and to the perennial philosophical questions concerning the nature of reality and humanity's place in reality.

In Theology, both degree and non-degree graduate and undergraduate students encounter a community of learning nourished by belief in God the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier, by the treasury of human wisdom, and by respect for the dynamics of inquiry and action.

Bachelor of Arts in Theology

The Theology Program advances the mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth by creating a community of learning nourished by belief in God the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Sanctifier, by the treasury of human wisdom, and by respect for the dynamics of inquiry and action. The Theology Program:

  • Is committed to the examination of core values of truth, justice, and reconciliation in light of the compatibility of Revelation and reason.
  • Affirms that character development is crucial for excellence in any discipline and is central to theological inquiry as faith seeking understanding, as critical reflection on religious experience, and as the pursuit of wisdom.
  • Seeks to provide students with developmentally appropriate opportunities for intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth in keeping with the Catholic concern for the dignity of each human person.
  • Is committed to interfaith dialogue, and to helping students better understand and live out their respective religious commitments and traditions in recognition that respect for human dignity extends to the support for religious freedom.
  • Serves the College by providing a distinct discipline within the general education curriculum and unique opportunities to examine and articulate a larger perspective within which to integrate diverse areas of study.
  • Prepares undergraduate and graduate students for participation in professional theological activity and for future academic study, and offers academic formation for individuals in ministry.

Master of Arts in Theology

The Master of Arts in Theology is situated in the vision of the Catholic Church elaborated in the documents of the Second Vatican Council, which invited us to return to our roots in Scripture, Patristics and the Great Tradition of the Church.

At the same time, the Church called us to be discerning of the "signs of the times," gave new focus to the role of the laity, and unleashed a challenging and exciting era in the study of theology. This era is characterized by the recognition of the role of culture in shaping the concerns of the theological enterprise, the emergence of new theological disciplines, the growing importance of ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and the recognition that the academic study of theology and reflection on experience are mutually animating and enriching.

It is in the spirit conveyed by Pope John Paul II in his many writings, that the faculty invites students to join the theology department to "put out into the deep" (Luke 5:4). Students can progress through the program in a traditional manner or through a low-residency option with certificates also available in Catholic Studies, Pastoral Care, and Spirituality.

Outcomes

The Philosophy and Theology Program provides a variety of degree and non-degree opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, each with distinct learning outcomes; these opportunities include:

  • B.A. in Theology
  • Minor in Ethics Studies
  • Minor in Philosophy
  • Minor in Theology
  • M.A. in Theology
  • The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Ethics Studies
  • Undergraduate Ministry Certificates in Diaconal Ministry, Parish Life Ministries, Pastoral Administration, Religious Education, and Youth and Young Adult Ministry, as well as a Leadership Certificate in Hispanic Ministry.
  • Graduate Certificatesin Catholic Studies, Pastoral Care, and Spirituality.

Undergraduate students in Philosophy will:

  • Convey a competent grasp of the four core disciplines of philosophy: metaphysics, logic, epistemology, and ethics\moral philosophy.
  • Acquire knowledge of the History of Philosophy, its major contributors and movements; and they will develop a basic familiarity with resources in this area.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the nature of the human person, and theories about meaning of human existence.

Undergraduate students in Theology will:

  • Identify the central Catholic Christian teachings and correlate these with the religious language, concepts, imagery and critical questions central to the Christian study of scripture, doctrine and morality. These will be assessed by course examinations.
  • Recognize the role of religious faith in the life of the human person and its impact on both humankind and other kind in the development of appropriate moral, intellectual and spiritual awareness through encounter with Catholic Christian teaching and praxis. These will be assessed by an evaluation of class participation, presentations and written reflections.
  • Demonstrate basic familiarity and appropriate use of scholarly and catechetical resources which will be assessed through the student's producing quality research papers and catechetical projects.
  • Recognize the major events and movements within Christianity and understand the importance of respect and dialogue between Catholic Christianity and other religious traditions and communities.

Ministry certificate students will:

  • Convey a basic understanding of Scripture and revelation, as well as skills in Scriptural literacy and interpretation.
  • Exhibit a fundamental knowledge of central theologies, including Christological and Trinitarian Theology, Theology of Church, Liturgical Theology, Theology of Ministry, Sacramental Theology, and Theology of the Human Person.
  • Demonstrate a coherent grasp of ethical theories, principles, and application, as well as an informed capacity for sound decision making and moral responsibility
  • Develop personal and pastoral awareness and skills, such as familiarity with ecumenical and inter-faith interactions, information literacy, organizational leadership, and life-cycle issues.
  • Articulate a vision of Catholic faith and demonstrate growth in understanding of self as a minister an adult person of faith and formation-driven activities and interactions.

Graduate Theology students will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the core areas of theology, inclusive of Christian thought and praxis by being able to:

  • Situate and appraise the doctrinal, spiritual and ethical developments in theology, including Catholic Social Teaching, ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue, as evidenced through the Comprehensive Assessment Process.
  • Read and assess scholarly texts by being able to identify the author's project and thesis, relevant arguments and correlate these with the factors important to various contexts.
  • Recognize and classify differences in theological thought and apply the methodology appropriate to each of the major areas of theology as specified on syllabi.
  • Construct a theological essay bringing research to written expression in a coherent, analytical fashion.

The Ethics Studies Minor and Certificate is an interdisciplinary and multifaceted program of study providing integrated and substantive training in ethics, meta-ethics, moral philosophy, and moral theology. The program includes the examination of both moral theory and application.

In conjunction with the DePaul Center for Mission and Ministry, the Program provides certificate programs for those interested in preparing for various church ministries. To meet the needs of the students, we offer classes on campus, at off-site locations in New Jersey, and totally online. These programs are designed for those currently serving in parish ministry roles, those wanting to prepare for ministry roles, and those wishing to come for their own personal growth and development. Certificate programs include pastoral internship and formation components. The certificate credits may be transferred into other programs of study leading to baccalaureate degrees.

Graduates

The Program also offers those who are not pursuing philosophy or theology degrees or certificates an introduction to reasoned thought and theological concepts.

Students completing the degree in theology are equipped with the background to succeed in advanced educational pursuits, and professional careers.

If a student is preparing for Church ministries, such as Pastoral Ministry, Youth Ministry, Faith Formation, and Pastoral Administration, the Theology major provides the theological foundations for active involvement in Church life, both professional and otherwise.

In addition, the emphasis on rigorous and creative thinking in Philosophy or Theology will enable one to enter higher level training in a variety of professional fields, including:

  • Higher Education
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Philosophical or Theological research and writing

Graduates from the Philosophy and Theology Program have gone on to become:

  • Chaplains
  • Directors of women's rights organizations
  • Editors
  • Lawyers
  • Pastoral ministers
  • Physicians
  • Religious education coordinators
  • Researchers
  • Strategic consultants
  • Teachers
  • Youth ministers

More than half of CSE philosophy and theology graduates go on to receive graduate degrees.

Requirements

B.A. in Theology

100 Level Courses

  • THEO120 Introduction to Christian Life and Thought (4)
  • THEO110 Hebrew Scriptures (4)
  • THEO113 The New Testament (4)

200 Level Course: any one of the following courses (4)

  • THEO221 Fundamental Moral Theology
  • THEO239 Christian Sexual Ethics
  • THEO250 Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • THEO263 Spirituality and Ethics

300 Level Courses

  • THEO309 History of Christianity I (2)
  • THEO313 History of Christianity II (2)
  • THEO320 Fundamentals of Christian Faith (4)

400 Level Course

  • THEO425 Coordinating Seminar (4)

200, 300, 400 Electives (12)

Any two (2) Courses at the 200 level or higher, one of which may be a Philosophy course from the following list:

  • PHIL201
  • PHIL203
  • PHIL204
  • PHIL325

Total: 36 credits

Capstone Requirement

Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by successful completion and presentation of a final research paper. Preparation for this paper will be offered in THEO 425 Coordinating Seminar.

Minor in Theology

100 Level Course (4)

  • Any course with a THEO100 designation.

200 Level Course (4)

  • Any course with a THEO200 designation.

300 Level Course (4)

  • Any course with a THEO300 designation.

Electives (4)

  • Any two (2) courses with a THEO200, THEO300, or THEO400 designation.

Open Elective (4)

  • Any course with a THEO100, THEO200, THEO300, or THEO400 designation.

Total: 20 credits

Minor in Ethics Studies

Any combination of four courses from the following list, at least two of which are Philosophy courses, and at least two of which are Theology courses:

  • PHIL204/304** Morality and the Good Life
  • PHIL233/333** Ethics in Business and Society
  • PHIL331 Ethics in Healthcare
  • THEO135 Ecology and Faith
  • THEO250 Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • THEO2-- Ethics and Spirituality
  • THEO200 Bioethics
  • THEO239 Christian Sexual Ethics

Plus the following interdisciplinary Philosophy & Theology Course:

  • THEO385 Ethics and Justice

Total: 20 credits

**Courses designated with two numbers are available to Philosophy majors and minors for more advanced work (i.e. 300 level).

Combined B.A./M.A. Degree Program

B.A. in Theology (Religious Studies)/M.A. in Theology

Current CSE undergraduate students who may be interested in pursuing graduate studies in Theology may apply for a dual degree option that would include the following conditions:

  • Seniors may begin with the January Residency in the senior year and may take a maximum of six (6) credits.
  • Seniors must have completed their General Education theology requirements prior to taking the first graduate course.
  • While the two courses taken during the period of undergraduate study would be applied to the graduate program, students are not automatically accepted into the Masters program. Seniors who are allowed to take two graduate courses prior to completing their Bachelors program must still apply to complete the Masters program. These courses remain transferable from one delivery system to the other.

Combined degree students must continue in the master's program without interruption until completion or risk being dropped. Combined degree students must apply and be granted a leave of absence in order to interrupt their studies.

M.A. in Theology – Traditional Option

The M.A. in Theology is a 36-credit program which consists of a core of courses (18-21 credits), complemented by electives (15-18 credits). Though a broad curriculum has been designed, students have some flexibility to shape their program to fit their interests and needs, with approval from their faculty advisor. This may include taking coursesin the Summer Institute of the Center for Theological and Spiritual Development (three credits maximum), or coursesat other accredited institutions. No student may earn more than nine credits in this fashion.

To receive the M.A. degree, each student must accomplish the following:

  • Complete 36 credits in theology, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Since the program isdesigned as a part-time program of study, our students usually complete the program between four and six years. (For a more accelerated program of study, see the Low-Residency Option below.)
  • Submit three research papers from courses taken in the program as a final requirement. With the guidance of a faculty advisor, expand and deepen these papers as evidence of ability to research and present theological topicsin an in-depth, competent and scholarly manner. Ordinarily, the papers will be 15 typed pages, double-spaced, including bibliography. An accepted style sheet is to be adhered to throughout the program of study.
  • With recommendations from the student, 2-3 faculty members (full-time and adjunct) will participate in a one-hour conversation about the papers presented. The faculty will then assess a grade of Pass, Fail, or Pass with Distinction.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Transfer of credits in theology will be subject to evaluation and approval by the program Director. All transfer graduate credits must carry a minimum 3.0 grade on a 4.0 scale.
  • Each candidate will have a personal interview with the Coordinator of the M.A. in Theology Course of Study and another faculty member.

Additional Admission Criteria for the M.A. in Theology

If an applicant for the Master of Arts in Theology at the College of Saint Elizabeth appears to have gaps in education, especially in theological background, appropriate strategies will be required before full admission. All candidates for this degree program must also demonstrate competence in writing and doing research before full admission into the program.

Academic Progress

The Traditional M.A. in Theology is designed for part-time, rather than full-time students. Ordinarily, a student will complete the degree program in four years. A student coming to the completion of the M.A. degree program isrequired to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. For a more accelerated format, please see the details of the Low Residency Option below.

M.A. in Theology – Low Residency Option

The new low-residency model is designed for students residing at long distances away from campus who wish to complete the degree through a sequence of one-week residencies followed by periods of directed reading and research. The basic features of the low residency option include:

  • 29 Month Program
  • 36 Credits
  • Five residency weeks
  • Six Directed Readings
  • Summer Institute Option
  • Three Research Papers (completed during designated periods when the students are not completing direct readings)

Low-Residency Format:

Students will complete 6 to 9 credits in each six-month period: two campus Residency Weeks in January and June/July followed by two Directed Reading periods in each of the Spring and Fall semesters. In three designated semestersstudents will take only one Directed Reading course and complete a major research project. This accounts for 36 credits. Students may opt to fulfill the final three credits by registering for three consecutive 1-credit Summer Institute courses or by completing an additional Directed Reading (see Program Description above).

There are two entry points: students may begin with either the first summer or the first January residency. Individualswho begin in the Low Residency Option may also opt to transfer into the traditional option upon approval of the faculty. Students entering the program will choose one of four tracks: Catholic Studies, Pastoral Care, Spirituality, or Theological Studies to advance on in the degree.

Program Requirements Per Track

Catholic Studies

  • THEO617 Theological Foundations (3)
  • THEO603 History of Christianity (3)
  • PHIL631 Catholic Intellectual Tradition (3)
  • THEO627 Catholic Moral Theology (3)
  • THEO605 Mystery of God (3)
  • THEO609 Scriptural Interpretation (3)
  • Ecclesiology (choose one)
    • THEO615 Mystery of Church (3), or
    • THEO656 Church in an Age of Plurality (3)

15 credit electives

Pastoral Care

  • THEO617 Theological Foundations (3)
  • THEO605 Mystery of God (3)
  • THEO609 Scriptural Interpretation (3)
  • THEO619 Liturgical Theology (3)
  • THEO625 Ministry & Ministries (3)
  • PSY660 Counseling & Spirituality (3)
  • Ethics (choose one)
    • MC626 Ethical Issues in Human Ecclesiology: Services Leadership (3), or
    • THEO627 Catholic Moral Theology (3), or
    • THEO663 Spirituality & Ethics (3), or

15 credits electives

Spirituality

  • THEO617 Theological Foundations (3)
  • THEO605 Mystery of God (3)
  • THEO609 Scriptural Interpretation (3)
  • THEO641 Mysticism & Spirituality (3)
  • THEO659 Aesthetics & Spirituality
  • THEO663 Spirituality & Ethics (3)
  • THEO674 Spiritualities & Charity

15 credits electives

Theological Studies

  • THEO617 Theological Foundations (3)
  • THEO609 Scriptural Interpretation (3)
  • THEO605 Mystery of God (3)
  • THEO619 Liturgical Theology (3)
  • Ecclesiology (choose one):

    • THEO615 Mystery of the Church (3)
    • THEO656 Church in an Age of Plurality (3)
  • Ethics (choose one)
    • MC626 Ethical Issues in Human Services Leadership (3), or
    • THEO627 Catholic Moral Theology (3), or
    • THEO663 Spirituality & Ethics (3)

18 credits electives

Certificate in Ethics Studies

Any combination of four courses from the following list, at least two of which are Philosophy courses, and at least two of which are Theology courses:

  • PHIL204/304** Morality and the Good Life
  • PHIL233/333** Ethics in Business and Society
  • PHIL331 Ethics in Healthcare
  • THEO135 Ecology and Faith
  • THEO250 Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • THEO263 Ethics and Spirituality
  • THEO200 Bioethics
  • THEO239 Christian Sexual Ethics

Plus the following interdisciplinary Philosophy & Theology Course:

  • THEO385 Ethics and Justice

Total: 20 credits

**Courses designated with two numbers are available to Philosophy majors and minors for more advanced work (i.e. 300 level).

Certificate in Ministry Programs

We offer six Ministry Certificate Programs:

  • Diaconal Ministry
  • Leadership Certificate in Hispanic Ministry
  • Parish Life Ministries
  • Pastoral Administration
  • Religious Education
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Courses are offered both in English and Spanish. To meet the needs of the students, we offer classes on campus in Morristown, New Jersey, at off-site locations in New Jersey, and totally online. These programs are designed for those currently serving in parish ministry roles, those wanting to prepare for ministry roles, and those wishing to come for their own personal growth and development. These are all undergraduate level courses, 3 credits each. In addition to the 21 course credits, there is also a 4 credit Pastoral Internship that will be completed during the program. The 25 credits may be transferred into other programs of study leading to baccalaureate degrees.

Formation Component

Helping students continue to grow in Christian maturity is core to all Certificate Programs. Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats, and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

Ministry Integrated Seminar

Includes supervised field education emphasizing pastoral skills and theological reflection coupled with a monthly seminar on pertinent topics for ministry. Each student develops a ministry project to be approved by the Director of the program. The student will also fulfill other requirements of the pastoral practicum: assigned readings, case studies, and periodic written assignments.

Admission

Please call 973-290-4364 (English) or 973-290-4346 (Spanish) for the Ministry Certificate Program Application Packet.

The following are required:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form
  • $35 Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Official High School or College Transcript
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Endorsement Form (if applicable)
  • Admissions Interview

Certificate in Diaconal Ministry

The College of Saint Elizabeth offers deacon candidates the best of its rich heritage and outstanding resources to help prepare deacon candidates for ministry in the Church. The goal of the Center is to challenge its students to cherish the tradition and create the future. The faculty prepares the candidates by educating them in the richness of the Catholic theological and spiritual tradition. This enables the men in this program to be able to serve the Church and its needs in today's world.

The College works in collaboration with various dioceses in creating a program that will meet the needs of each individual diocese. The course of study listed below is just one model that is currently being used. Others can be designed. Each diocese provides the spiritual and pastoral formation of the candidates, which supplements and enhances the theological formation offered by the College.

  • THEO105 Pastoral Counseling for Ministry (4)
  • THEO110 Testament (4)
  • THEO113 New Testament (4)
  • THEO143 Liturgy, Spirituality, and Sacraments (4)
  • THEO220 Theological Reflection (4)
  • THEO221 Fundamental Moral Theology (4)
  • THEO250 Christian Ethics: Principles and Process for Decision Making (4)
  • THEO300 Homiletics: The Art of Preaching (4)

Total: 32 credits

Related Requirements

Deacon candidates are required to participate in a series of preaching workshops and training over a four year period. In addition, three workshops on various pastoral issues and concerns are offered each year by experts in theology, spirituality, and liturgy. Additional topics, such as Canon Law, are provided by each diocese.

Leadership Certificate in Hispanic Ministry

Passionate for the Gospel, witnessing to the Legacy of Vincent DePaul and Elizabeth Ann Seton, impelled by the Mission and Values of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the Leadership Certificate in Hispanic Ministry supports students in their quest for ongoing faith formation as ministers and leaders. This includes formal classes, appropriate workshops, liturgies, days of reflection and retreats. This certificate is infused with a Hispanic/Latino cultural dimension for such ministers to be able to effectively perform their work and live the Gospel with Hispanics in the US Catholic Church.

  • THEO100 Hispanics and the Church in the US (4)
  • THEO110 Hispanic Spirituality – Cultural Expressions of Faith (4)
  • THEO200 Leadership Skills and Competencies (4)
  • THEO210 Challenges in Ministry Today (4)
  • THEO215 Pastoral Leadership (4)
  • THEO280/281 Ministry Integration Seminar (with Capstone Project) (4)

Total: 24 credits

Related Requirement

Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

Certificate in Parish Life Ministries

This certificate prepares students to minister to a wide variety of pastoral needs across the family life spectrum. Using study of the theological and Scriptural touchstones that inform the pastoral practices of hospitality and compassion, students will examine the sociological and psychological forces that shape family life in all of its markers and milestones.

  • THEO110 Hebrew Testament or THEO113 New Testament (4)
  • THEO153 Foundations in Lay Ministry: Identity and Pastoral Practice with the Living God (4)
  • THEO205 Christian Marriage and Family (4)
  • THEO250 Christian Ethics: Principles and Process for Decision-Making (4)
  • THEO280/281 Ministry Integration Seminar (4)
  • THEO320 Fundamentals of Christian Faith (4)

Total: 24 credits

Related Requirement

Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats, and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

Certificate in Pastoral Administration

This certificate honors the strong theological and Scriptural foundations that must inform the administration of a parish, recognizing that effective business and personnel management must always point to the implementation of Gospel values. Students will use their study to develop an individualized curriculum which best honors their experience and educational background, coupled with the needs of the parish.

  • THEO110 Hebrew Testament or THEO113 New Testament (4)
  • THEO153 Foundations in Lay Ministry: Identity and Pastoral Practice with the Living God (4)
  • THEO240 Pastoral Administration (4)
  • THEO250 Christian Ethics: Principles and Process for Decision-Making (4)
  • THEO280/281 Ministry Integration Seminar (4)
  • THEO320 Fundamentals of Christian Faith (4)

Total: 24 credits

Related Requirement

Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats, and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

Certificate in Religious Education

This certificate prepares students to lead others into the lifelong journey of saying yes to faith with both mind and heart. Students will gain knowledge of the theories of teaching and learning for adults, adolescents, and children and will explore the contemporary documents on Catechetics and Evangelization which ground the educational ministry of the church.

  • THEO110 Hebrew Testament or THEO113 New Testament (4)
  • THEO153 Foundations in Lay Ministry: Identity and Pastoral Practice with the Living God (4)
  • THEO230 Religious Education Skills and Competencies (4)
  • THEO250 Christian Ethics: Principles and Process for Decision-Making (4)
  • THEO280/281 Ministry Integration Seminar (4)
  • THEO320 Fundamentals of Christian Faith (4)

Total: 24 credits

Related Requirement

Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats, and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

Certificate in Youth and Young Adult Ministry

This certificate is designed to develop a vibrant outreach for serving this vital community in parish life – youth and young adults as part of the present and future Church. Using study of Scripture and theology as a foundation, students will examine social and psychological development and will develop tools for evangelization and program design in ministering to this population.

  • THEO110 Hebrew Testament or THEO113 New Testament (4)
  • THEO153 Foundations in Lay Ministry: Identity and Pastoral Practice with the Living God (4)
  • THEO137 Youth Ministry: Skills and Competencies (4)
  • THEO250 Christian Ethics: Principles and Process for Decision-Making (4)
  • THEO280/281 Ministry Integration Seminar (4)
  • THEO320 Fundamentals of Christian Faith (4)

Total: 24 credits

Related Requirement

Students are expected to participate in ongoing spiritual formation, which includes appropriate workshops, liturgies, retreats, and days of reflection for personal faith development. More detailed information is given upon acceptance into the program.

Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies

The certificate consists of 15 graduate credits and is intended for students who wish to learn more about the rich spiritual and intellectual tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.The certificate may be taken alone or in combination with the M.A. in Theology program.

  • THEO603 History of Christianity (3)
  • THEO631 Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Phil.) (3)
  • THEO627 Catholic Moral Theology (3)
  • THEO609 Scriptural Interpretation (3)

Ecclesiology (Choose one)

  • THEO 615 Mystery of Church (3), or
  • THEO 656 Church in an Age of Plurality (3)

Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Care

The certificate consists of 15 graduate credits and is intended for students who work in helping professions such as hospitals, nursing homes and other settings where the combined skills in theology and counseling are required. The certificate provides the theological foundations for these ministries. The certificate may be taken alone or in combination with the M.A. in Theology program.

  • THEO609 Scriptural Interpretation (3)
  • THEO619 Liturgical Theology (3)
  • PSY660 Counseling and Spirituality (3)
  • THEO625 Ministry and Ministries (3)

Ethics (Choose one)

  • MC626 Ethical Issues in Human Leadership (3)
  • THEO627 Catholic Moral Theology (3)
  • THEO663 Spirituality and Ethics (3)

Graduate Certificate in Spirituality

The certificate consists of 15 graduate credits. The 15 credits may be earned by taking the 4 courses listed below and one elective course from the courses listed for the M.A. in Theology program. The certificate provides the theological foundations for these ministries. The certificate may be taken alone or in combination with the M.A. in Theology program.

  • THEO641 Spirituality Through the Ages (3)
  • THEO663 Spirituality and Ethics (3)
  • THEO667 The Wisdom of the Mystics (3)
  • THEO674 Christian Spiritualities and Charity (3)

Elective Course (3)

  • Choose one from courses listed for the M.A. in Theology program

Course Listing

Course Level: 1

THEO-100MP
Hispanics and the Church in the US
Credit Hours: 4

A review of the historical memory of Hispanic Ministry in the US from its inception in 1945 to the present. The course will include an in depth study of the documents generated as a result of the four Encuentro Nacional Hispano de Pastoral (NHE) and the National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry and subsequent related documents.

THEO-105
Pastoral Counseling for Ministry
Credit Hours: 4

This course will give an overview of counseling theory and skills. The Major focus of the course will be on particular pastoral skills that will be useful for ministry in the Church. (Note: Ministry students only).

THEO-110
Hebrew Scriptures*
Credit Hours: 4

A study of the literature and religion of the Scriptures shared by the Jewish and Christian communities, both Catholic and Protestant. The history of the People of Israel, the formation of their sacred books, and their influence on subsequent spirituality, as well as recent discoveries, insights and challenges will be included. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement.

THEO-110MP
Hisp Spirituality Cult Expressions Faith
Credit Hours: 4

Stemming from an awareness of the varied cultural and spiritual expressions of faith in the Hispanic population, this course will explore the link between faith and culture in the 21 countries encompassing the Hispanic heritage. Special emphasis will be placed upon expressions of prayer, popular religiosity and the integration of Hispanic values into the US culture. (e.g. pilgrimages, the relationship with the clergy, special blessings, vigil lights, statutes and altars, and other religious practices). Anecdotal or storytelling opportunities such as single speakers or panel of speakers that have experienced conflict with cultural expressions of faith will form a part of this course.

THEO-113
The New Testament*
Credit Hours: 4

A study of the biblical literature of the earliest Christian communities to encounter the person of Jesus, the norm and model of Christian life, through study and reflection on the books of the New or Second Testament ' on their formation and context, including what they meant in their own historical context and what they mean for us today. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement.

THEO-120
Intro to Catholic Life and Thought
Credit Hours: 4

This course offers an introduction to critical thinking regarding the essentials of the Christian faith and the expression of that faith in beliefs and practices in a diversity of times and cultures. The course explores the sources of Christian faith in scripture and tradition and introduces students to the positive relationship between reason and revelation in an examination of central ideas and questions about God, humankind, faith, and religious action.

THEO-135
Ecology and Faith
Credit Hours: 4

This course is an introduction to the relationship between faith and ecology with particular emphasis on the Christian understanding of creation and human responsibility. Contemporary ecological issues will be considered in light of the Judeo-Christian scriptural tradition, ethics and spirituality. The place of ecology within other faith traditions will also be considered. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement.

THEO-137
Youth Ministry:Skills & Competencies
Credit Hours: 4

The course will give an overview of an effective Youth Minister in the Church. Among topics to be included are competencies in spirituality, vocational discernment including workshops on family dynamics, and adolescent psychology.

THEO-137MP
Youth Ministry:Skills & Competencies
Credit Hours: 4

The course will give an overview of an effective Youth Minister in the Church. Among topics to be included are competencies in spirituality, vocational discernment including workshops on family dynamics, and adolescent psychology.

THEO-143
Liturgy & Spirituality
Credit Hours: 4

This course will explore traditional and contemporary understandings of sacramental rituals and theology, and their contribution to a vibrant and durable spirituality.

THEO-143MP
Liturgy & Spirituality
Credit Hours: 4

This course will explore traditional and contemporary understandings of sacramental rituals and theology, and their contribution to a vibrant and durable spirituality.

THEO-153
Foundations in Lay Ministry
Credit Hours: 4

This course will explore contemporary issues in a theology of ministry and a review of documents and pastoral letters that have forged emerging new models of lay ministry in service to the Church. During the course, students will study appropriate boundaries and counseling resources in the helping professions. They will examine models of leadership in parish ministry, including ministry in multicultural settings. The spirituality and emotional health of the minister will be explored as well.

THEO-153MP
Foundations in Lay Ministry
Credit Hours: 4

This course will explore contemporary issues in a theology of ministry and a review of documents and pastoral letters that have forged emerging new models of lay ministry in service to the Church. During the course, students will study appropriate boundaries and counseling resources in the helping professions. They will examine models of leadership in parish ministry, including ministry in multicultural settings. The spirituality and emotional health of the minister will be explored as well.

THEO-195
21st Century and the Spirit of Charity*
Credit Hours: 4

This course will explore various expressions of contemporary spirituality present in religious traditions and movements. Attention will be given to the relationship of spirituality to Christian service, justice and the life of prayer including meditation, contemplation and mysticism. Consideration will be given to charity as the goal of the Christian spiritual life through an examination of the importance of both direct service and advocacy in the life and thought of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Elizabeth Seton. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement.

Course Level: 2

THEO-200
Bioethics*
Credit Hours: 4

A faith-based study of the social implications of scientific research and technology, this course will examine medical, research and environmental ethics. Moral issues such as genetic screening, stem cell research, cloning, medically-assisted pregnancy, genetically engineered crops and similar topics will be included. This interdisciplinary course will be team taught by members of the theology, biology and chemistry/biochemistry departments. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement.

THEO-200MP
Leadership Skills & Competencies
Credit Hours: 4

In order to become an effective leader in ministry there is a recognizable need to develop certain skills and competencies. The need for culturally specific abilities and an informed understanding of the realities of the Church in the US provide for another challenge to leaders seeking to work with the Hispanic people. This course will address the skills, abilities, sensitivities and challenges that arise in ministry to Hispanics in the Catholic Church in the US especially in a mixed cultural setting.

THEO-203
Catholic Social Teaching and Practice
Credit Hours: 4

This course will examine Catholic Social Teaching from the 19th Century until the present with particular attention given to the American Catholic contribution. The scriptural foundations and historical development of CST will be considered through a study of its principles with emphasis on the dignity and social nature of the human person. Course work will include an experiential component whereby students will explore a particular ministry of justice.

THEO-205
Christian Marriage & Family*
Credit Hours: 4

The course will give an overview of marriage and family life in Church. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding current issues in Christian practice and their historical, psychological, sociological, and theological foundations. Attention is given to the practical problems encountered in ministry to families.

THEO-205MP
Christian Family and Marriage
Credit Hours: 3

The course will give an overview of marriage and family life in Church. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding current issues in Christian practice and their historical, psychological, sociological, and theological foundations. Attention is given to the practical problems encountered in ministry to families.

THEO-210MP
Challenges in Ministry Today
Credit Hours: 4

This course is designed to underscore the need for self care in ministry in order to avoid burnout and develop a balance between personal and ministerial goals. An awareness of what it means to be a Hispanic minister at the present time given the challenges of the modern world and the conflicts that may arise between cultures will be the core component of this course.

THEO-215MP
Pastoral Leadership
Credit Hours: 4

Beginning with Vatican II documents, this course will provide a basis in Ecclesiology with an emphasis on the three models of church leadership used in Hispanic Ministry in the US Church: Collaborative Leadership (Pastoral de Conjunto), Missionary Option ( Mision Continental) and Servant Leadership ( Liderazgo Servicial). Challenges in the application of these models in Latin America and the US will be reviewed in an effort to discern what components may apply to the present pastoral reality

THEO-220MP
Theological Reflection
Credit Hours: 4

This course is designed to address major theological concepts such as Church, Mystery of God, Christology, revelation, grace, faith etc. as well as giving students some experience of differing theological methodologies within the discipline of theology.

THEO-221
Fundamental Moral Theology
Credit Hours: 4

This course will present the foundations of Christian morality particularly as understood within the Roman Catholic tradition: scripture, magisterium, and the lived faith experience of believers. The course will include a survey of the history of moral theology with attention to the impact of Vatican II and contemporary pluralism on its development. Among the topics examined will be the question of evil, understandings of sin and grace, and the development of conscience. Various approaches and methodologies currently employed within the moral theology will be explored. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement

THEO-221MP
Fundamental Moral Theology
Credit Hours: 4

This course will present the foundations of Christian morality particularly as understood within the Roman Catholic tradition: scripture, magisterium, and the lived faith experience of believers. The course will include a survey of the history of moral theology with attention to the impact of Vatican II and contemporary pluralism on its development. Among the topics examined will be the question of evil, understandings of sin and grace, and the development of conscience. Various approaches and methodologies currently employed within the moral theology will be explored. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement

THEO-230
Religious Education:Skills and Compet
Credit Hours: 4

The course will give an overview of the role of the religious educator in the Church. An overview of theories of teaching and learning for adults, adolescents and children. The course will explore conte3mporary documents on Catechetics and Evangelization which ground the educational ministry of the Church. Skills in designing and evaluating curricula will be developed, with practical applications for program development and delivery in a wide span of parish venues and age groupings.

THEO-230MP
Religious Education:Skills&Competencies
Credit Hours: 4

The course will give an overview of the role of the religious educator in the Church. An overview of theories of teaching and learning for adults, adolescents and children. The course will explore conte3mporary documents on Catechetics and Evangelization which ground the educational ministry of the Church. Skills in designing and evaluating curricula will be developed, with practical applications for program development and delivery in a wide span of parish venues and age groupings.

THEO-235
Children of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar*
Credit Hours: 4

A study of the faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by presenting the core beliefs of each, their scriptures and the historical and social context of these communities of faith. Among possible topics to be explored may be the role of women, the relationship of faith and politics and issues of peace and violence. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement.

THEO-239
Christian Sexual Ethics*
Credit Hours: 4

This course will explore the challenge that Biblical perspectives and Christian tradition bring to contemporary sexual attitudes and practices and the questions brought to the tradition from the culture. Emphasis will be given to the meaning of sexuality, the influence of attitudes toward the body on views of sexuality, Christian understanding of marriage and family and the meaning of intimacy as well as to some of the challenges raised in today's society. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement.

THEO-240MP
Pastoral Administration
Credit Hours: 4

The course will give an overview of an effective Pastoral Administrator in the Church. Students will learn about management, leadership, and the use of resources to advance the Gospel.

THEO-250
Introduction to Christian Ethics*
Credit Hours: 4

Through considering the scripture, the teaching authority of Catholic and other Christian communities and the lived faith experience of believers, this course will examine the principles and foundations of Christian Ethics. Attention will be given to factors that influence the dignity and freedom of the human person, the development of conscience and the process of discernment. Among the issues that may be addressed are racism and immigration, business and economics, violence and pacifism, as well as medical and sexual ethics. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement

THEO-250MP
Intro Chrstian Ethics
Credit Hours: 4

Through considering the scripture, the teaching authority of Catholic and other Christian communities and the lived faith experience of believers, this course will examine the principles and foundations of Christian Ethics. Attention will be given to factors that influence the dignity and freedom of the human person, the development of conscience and the process of discernment. Among the issues that may be addressed are racism and immigration, business and economics, violence and pacifism, as well as medical and sexual ethics.

THEO-260
Religion in America*
Credit Hours: 4

A survey of the establishment and growth of major Faith Traditions in the United States. Emphasis will be on various Christian communities (including Catholicism), as well as significant non-Christian Traditions. Satisfies Cluster 4 General Education requirement.

THEO-263
Spirituality and Ethics
Credit Hours: 4

How one relates to the sacred and the choices one makes are inseparably connected. Spirituality is embodied in action. In this course we will examine the ways in which individuals' and communities' spiritual perspectives shape the policies and actions which they embrace. Included will be an exploration of particular methods of spiritual and moral development, particularly within but not limited to the Christian tradition, including prayer, spiritual disciplines, action for social change, small groups, and storytelling.

THEO-267
Women and Religion
Credit Hours: 4

Where do women fit into the world of religion? This course seeks answers to that question by examining the diversity and commonality of women's roles and experiences in various religious traditions. Consideration will be given to women in sacred scriptures and in the institutional development of religious traditions. This course includes a look at how religion helps form women's roles in society and how women shape religious cultures. Contemporary woman-oriented spiritual movements and religious practices will be explored.

THEO-280MP
Ministry Integration Seminar I
Credit Hours: 4

The Ministry Integration Seminar includes supervised field education emphasizing pastoral skills and theological reflection coupled with a seminar on pertinent topics for ministry. Unless otherwise specified, the seminar and field education occur simultaneously over two semesters. For HPM students, the course also includes instruction on Hispanic Theology in the United States (Note: Ministry students only)

THEO-281MP
Ministry Integration Seminar II
Credit Hours: 4

The Ministry Integration Seminar includes supervised field education emphasizing pastoral skills and theological reflection coupled with a seminar on pertinent topics for ministry. Unless otherwise specified, the seminar and field education occur simultaneously over two semesters. For HPM students, the course also includes instruction on Hispanic Theology in the United States (Note: Ministry students only)

THEO-295
Travel and Study Tours
Credit Hours: 4

Study tours to significant places in the Christian tradition, e.g. the Holy Land, Greece, Europe, etc. Participation in a seminar and an integrative paper is required as part of the experience.

Course Level: 3

THEO-300
Homiletics Art of Preaching
Credit Hours: 4

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theology and practice of preaching. The main areas of consideration will be the person of the preacher, remote and immediate preparation including Scripture exegesis, and effective presentation of the homily. The art of homily design and delivery will be practiced by participants throughout the course. (Note: Ministry students only)

THEO-300MP
Homiletics Art of Preaching
Credit Hours: 4

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theology and practice of preaching. The main areas of consideration will be the person of the preacher, remote and immediate preparation including Scripture exegesis, and effective presentation of the homily. The art of homily design and delivery will be practiced by participants throughout the course. (Note: Ministry students only)

THEO-309
History of Christianity I
Credit Hours: 2

A survey of Church History from the time of the apostles to the present, with special attention given to the theological, institutional, and spiritual developments in each age.

THEO-313
History of Christianity II
Credit Hours: 2

The continuation of History of Christianity I. A survey of church History from the time of the apostles to the present, with special attention given to the theological, institutional, and spiritual developments in each age.

THEO-320
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces students to the core teachings of Christianity including God, Trinity, Creation, Humanity, Sin, and Redemption. It explores the meaning of these Christian ideas and their interrelationships and it examines the role of human reason in the quest for a deeper understanding of God's self-revelation. Special attention is given to the human response to the offer of love by a God who wills the salvation of all people.

THEO-320MP
Fundamentals of Christian Faith
Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces students to the core teachings of Christianity including God, Trinity, Creation, Humanity, Sin, and Redemption. It explores the meaning of these Christian ideas and their interrelationships and it examines the role of human reason in the quest for a deeper understanding of God's self-revelation. Special attention is given to the human response to the offer of love by a God who wills the salvation of all people.

THEO-385
Ethics & Justice
Credit Hours: 4

This interdisciplinary course will address concepts in ethics from both theological and philosophical perspectives that are important to the practice of justice such as human dignity, human rights, the relationship between law and morality, and the distinction between morality and ethics. Theological and philosophical theories of justice, concepts of law and justice such as due process, and the relationship between justice and ethics will be explored. Issues in ethics and justice will be examined such as civil disobedience, bias (such as gender and race) punishment and rehabilitation, and capital punishment.

Course Level: 4

THEO-400
Special Topics in Theology
Credit Hours: 4

A study of specific issues as determined by student interest and need and the interest of members of the department. (3 credits for Ministry students only)

THEO-425
Coordinating Seminar
Credit Hours: 4

A study of an area of contemporary interest involving a variety of theological disciplines. The course is designed as a combination of independent study and group discussion which is conducted by members of the department. The presentation of the paper for this course constitutes the capstone experience for theology majors.

Course Level: 6

PC-600
Mind,Body,Spirit Connection in Aging
Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the journey of the maturing adult in the second half of life, along with its inherent gifts and challenges. Greater self-awareness, self-actualization and wisdom are some of the benefits of advancing age that will be celebrated. The common illnesses associated with later adulthood and the effects of biological aging will also be explored through the lens of a theological understanding of health and suffering, and interventions which help physically challenged adults to find solace and meaning in their situation will be introduced.

THEO-600
Intro to Theology
Credit Hours: 3

THEO-603
History of Christianity
Credit Hours: 3

A survey of major persons and events in the 2000 year of Christianity. Emphasis will be on development of ecclesial structures, creedal statements, and the continuing struggles to be faithful to the proclamation of the gospel.

THEO-605
Mystery of God
Credit Hours: 3

Using scripture, selected theological writings, and contemporary authors, students will explore the Mystery of God as seen in Christian theology. Course will include attempts to understand the mystery of Yahweh in Hebrew Scripture, Jesus the Christ in Christian scripture, and eventual proclamation of the mystery of the Trinity in Christian literature.

THEO-609
Scriptual Interpretation
Credit Hours: 3

The course provides an overview of the history of biblical interpretation including contemporary trends in biblical scholarship. The course may cover such topics as the relationship between scriptural interpretation and theology, the use of scripture in Church documents, and the application of the meaning of scripture in today's world.

PC-610
PsychoSocial&Spirit Dev Later Adulthood
Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a theoretical basis for understanding the aging process through the study of developmental models from a psychosocial and spiritual perspective. Special attention will be given to the impact of life changes on identity, spirituality, and quality of life during adult development.

THEO-615
Mystery of the Church
Credit Hours: 3

Using contemporary texts in ecclesiology, as well as the documents of Vatican II, students will explore the mystery of the church in the ideal and the real world of faith. Focus will be mainly on the Roman Catholic Church, but always in conversation with other Christian churches and ecclesial communities.

THEO-617
Theological Foundations
Credit Hours: 3

This course will present the discipline and practices of theology through a study of the foundations of theological thought and formulation; faith and grace, revelation and its transmission, experience, the magisterium, and their proper use in theological method. In addition, attention will be given to the influence of historical, social and cultural contexts on the development of theological thought.

THEO-619
Liturgical Theology
Credit Hours: 3

Using insights from anthropology, history of religions, rituals, and contemporary sacramental theology, students will study the embodied nature of the human person and the ways this is celebrated in the Christian rituals.

PC-620
Ethical&Theo Issues in Aging
Credit Hours: 3

This course encourages students to critically reflect on the theological concepts that Christian, other religious traditions, and humanistic approaches bring to a consideration of aging. Ethical issues associated with aging in contemporary life will be examined in light of spiritual and theological perspectives.

THEO-625
Ministry & Ministries:Theology & Praxis
Credit Hours: 3

The course will trace the origins of the concept of ministry in the New Testament church, the gradual narrowing and clericalization of the concept in church history, and newer and broader understandings of the concept flowing from Vatican Council II. Emphasis will be on contemporary development of theology of ministry and pastoral applications of the theology.

MC-626
Ethical Issues
Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the variety of approaches to ethics, the central concepts of some major philosophical and religious traditions in ethics and their significance for professionals. Major ethical challenges confronting the professional today are identified and discussed.

THEO-627
Catholic Moral Theology
Credit Hours: 3

This course will present the foundations of Christian moral theology, particularly as understood within the Roman Catholic tradition; scripture, magisterium, and the lived faith experience of believers. Attention will be given to various moral methodologies,the influence of Vatican II and questions concerning grace, sin, and conscience and natural law.

THEO-629
U.S. Catholic Experience
Credit Hours: 3

The course will focus on the history of the Catholic community in the United States from colonial times to the present. Special attention will be given to the growth of parishes, the effects of immigration and ethnic pluralism within the Roman Catholic community, the impact of American culture on the practice of the faith and the ways people have handed on the faith.

PC-630
Spiritual Care of Maturing Adults
Credit Hours: 3

This course builds on the theoretical and conceptual content of PC 610. Using that knowledge as a foundation, students will explore ways to help adults enhance their quality of life and well-being. It explores the needs of older people for pastoral and spiritual care, and addresses ways of working with older people across the health-illness continuum. Students will be prepared to work effectively in a variety of settings and within the multicultural/multifaith dimensions of aging and aged care. Pre-requisites: PC 610

PHIL-631
Catholic Intellectual Tradition
Credit Hours: 3

A comprehensive survey of both classic and contemporary Catholic Philosophy and Scholarship in four critical areas of importance and influence: (1) Metaphysics and Natural Theology (being and God); (2) Ethics and Politics (action, character, and society); (3) Philosophical, Psychology and Anthropology (human nature and personhood); and (4) Hermeneutics (methodology and interpretation.)

THEO-635
Catholic Theology and World Religions
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the ecumencial movement and its development within the Roman Catholic Church and on the interaction of the Catholic Church with the sacred texts and communities of the world's greatest religions. Not all religious traditions may be covered in the courses, and priority will be given to Jewish-Catholic and Muslim-Catholic dialogues. Relevant Vatican documents will be examined.

THEO-637
Christian Views of the Body
Credit Hours: 3

The course develops a positive approach to the body as constitutive of human identity from New Testament times to the present. Our understanding of the body in different historical periods, the distinctiveness of the Christian view and the implications of that understanding for marriage and consecrated celibacy will be explored along with contemporary cultural emphasis on health, lifestyle and ethics.

PC-640
Techniques in Past Care Maturing Adults
Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to a variety of techniques and tools which health care professionals, pastoral care workers, and clergy have found to be effective in enhancing the quality of life and in healing the maturing adult. Techniques may include meditation/prayer, spiritual journaling/autobiography, forgiveness reflections and rituals, music and art as therapeutic practices, healing touch, and the practice of gratitude and appreciation of the sacredness of life. Pre-requisites: PC 600, PC 610, PC 620, and PC 630 or permission of Certificate Coordinator.

THEO-641
Christian Spirituality Through the Ages
Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of the history of Christian spirituality from New Testament times to the present. The course will include a study of the differing ways that 'spirituality'has been understood in history and of both ordinary or everyday mysticism and extraordinary mysticism.

THEO-642
NYTimes:Bible&Catechism
Credit Hours: 1

THEO-643
Christian Spirituality & Prayer
Credit Hours: 1

THEO-644
Called to Preach the Word
Credit Hours: 1

THEO-645
The Word of God in the Lectionary
Credit Hours: 3

The course will examine the meaning of DABAR, the Hebrew term for 'word'. The dynamic meaning of that term will introduce the student to the theology of word in Christian scripture and the lectio selecta which becomes the source for the Lectionary. The rhythm of the Church Year will be studied, as well as significant Christological themes proclaimed in the readings.

THEO-646
Survey Exilic Prophecy Israel
Credit Hours: 1

PC-650
Internship
Credit Hours: 3

The internship experience is designed to enable students to gain experience working with older adults in health and pastoral care settings. Students will work with a faculty supervisor to determine the site, the goals, and the scope of the internship. The student will complete a structured reflection on this experience at the culmination of the internship. One hundred hours of internship work is required for this course. Pre-requisites: PC 600, PC 610, PC 620, PC 630, and PC 640.

THEO-650
Pauline Writings
Credit Hours: 3

THEO-651
Theory & Practice of Preaching
Credit Hours: 3

One contemporary theologian refers to preaching as an'art and a craft'. This course will focus the central place that theWord of God has in Christian life, the central place that preaching has always had in nourishing and evangelizing the Christian community, and the varied settings, liturgical and other, where the word must be broken for the community. Theological principles connected with preaching, theories of good communication, use of body, voice, and diction will also be explored. All students in the course will be given opportunities to test out theory in the practice of preaching.

THEO-656
Age of Plurality
Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the ecumenical movement and its development within the Roman Catholic Church and on the interaction of the Catholic Church with the sacred texts and communities of significant non Christian traditions. Priority will be given to Jewish-Catholic and Muslim-Catholic dialogues. Relevant Vatican documents will be examined.

THEO-659
Theology & the Arts
Credit Hours: 3

Aesthetics, or the contemplation of Beauty, is one of the wonderful gifts of human experience. It is another way of discovering God's Presence. Students will analyze the nature of aesthetical experience and will have opportunities to explore various examples in the visual arts, dance and music, finding these as other ways to encounter the Divine.

THEO-663
Spirituality & Ethics
Credit Hours: 3

As spirituality moves beyond identification with prayer and as ethics shifts in emphasis from avoiding evil to doing good, the trajectory toward convergence invites serious reflection. In particular the developing social aspects of spirituality and ethics are traced in their historical roots, current status and future possibilities.

THEO-667
Wisdom of the Mystics
Credit Hours: 3

A rich resource in Christian history is its mystical tradition. An exploration of this tradition in terms of the meaning of mysticism, the various 'ways' of the mystics, the dominant figures in its history, the renewal of interest in some of the less well known medieval women mystics, and the contemporary return to classics are among the topics to be explored.

THEO-674
Christian Spirit & Charity
Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the interrelationship between charity and Christian spiritualities. It will examine expressions of charity such as compassion, forgiveness, sacrifice and social action as developed in the scripture and in the writings of various Christian spiritual movements. Along with the life of charity lived in service of the poor as evidenced in the Vincentian tradition, other spiritualities may be presented which underscore the relationship of charity to justice, peace and the life of prayer.

THEO-675
Spirituality in Literature
Credit Hours: 3

THEO-677
Spirituality & Writing
Credit Hours: 3

THEO-679
Images of the Sacred in Film
Credit Hours: 3

THEO-683
Special Topics
Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of a special topic of theological merit as determined by the interest of the members of the Theology Department. Particular special topic courses may include a travel program as constitutive to the course.

THEO-685
Independent Study
Credit Hours: 3

This course is an independent study of a particular theological topic. The requirements of the study would be determined by members of the Theology Department. This course is offered only under special circumstances and requires the permission of the Theology Program Director.

THEO-697
Culminating Requirement
Credit Hours: 0

Upon completing all coursework, students will submit three research papers from the program and, with the guidance of a faculty advisor, expand and deepen these papers as evidence of the ability to research and present theological topics in an indepth, competent and scholarly manner. Once the papers are completed, students will recommend 2 of the 2-3 faculty members who will participate in a one-hour conversation about the work presented and assign a final grade of Pass, or Fail. Please see the Program Description for more detailed information on all student obligations related to this culminating experience.

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